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Amtrak Testing New Business Class on Coast Starlight Train

Car Rental & Rail | Amtrak | Donald Wood | June 30, 2015

Amtrak Testing New Business Class on Coast Starlight Train

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Amtrak has commenced a pilot program to make business travel a bit more cushier. There is now business class service on their Coast Starlight route through the end of September.

According to Amtrak’s official website, the company has removed a video game area aboard the train to accommodate more seating reserved for business class travelers, and coach passengers will be able to upgrade to the new section during the pilot program.

The Coast Starlight train takes passengers from Los Angeles and other Southern California locations up the west coast to Seattle, Washington, and back with several stops at key business locations along the way — including Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and more.

Some of the amenities found in the business class section of the train include access to the Pacific Parlour Car, access to the Metropolitan Lounges, food and beverage coupons, reserved seating, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Amtrak senior vice president Mark Murphy (no relation to TravelPulse founder and CEO) released a statement, saying, “This is going to be an exciting summer for passengers traveling on board the Coast Starlight. The Coast Starlight has long been one of the most popular long-distance trains in our network and we are delighted to bring this new elevated level of service to our passengers.”

The Coast Starlight service is a beautifully scenic 1377-mile long trip that usually takes around 36 hours to complete, and there are several popular stops along the way for those traveling the west coast for work.

The new business class seats start as low as $39 for a one-way ticket between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and are as much as $172 for a ticket between Los Angeles and Seattle.

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